Death claims pastor’s wife, pioneer church planter

Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists paid tribute to two Christian servants during funerals on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18.

Wilbur Noble, pioneer church planter in Kansas, died on Friday, July 13, after being in declining health for some time. His funeral was held Tuesday morning, July 17, at First Southern Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan.

Patty Griswold, pastor’s wife in Ogden, Kan., died very unexpectedly, also on Friday, July 13. She had served by her husband Will’s side during nearly 20 years of pastoring Ogden Baptist Church on the east edge of Fort Riley. Will Griswold retired from the U.S. Army in 1987.

Noble had a long and distinguished career of church planting and pastoring while working in construction full time.

After serving in World War II, Noble entered Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo. N.J. Westmoreland visited the campus to recruit pastors to serve in what was then the Kansas Southern Baptist Fellowship. Westmoreland was the fellowship’s executive director. Noble responded to that call and came to Kansas in 1948. He and his wife, Barbara, were married a few weeks later.

Mrs. Griswold was administrative assistant to the Dean of Students at Manhattan Christian College.

The Griswolds’ daughter, Tracy, is married to Les James, son of KNCSB staff member, Ken James and his wife, Lavonne.

Ken James and Ed Pope officiated during the funeral on Wednesday morning, July 18, at Ogden Baptist Church. Pope is director of missions in Smoky Hill Baptist Association.

Memorials for Patty Griswold may be sent to Ogden Baptist Church, P.O. Box 530, Ogden, KS 66517-0530.

A memorial for Wilbur Noble has been established with the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606.